What we see in a flag or a noose or a black racer is telling. We can do better.

We put too much power in symbols and institutions, which has a way of turning us all into faceless nobodies distinguishable only by superficial traits such as skin color. Just to get beyond the surface of racism, we first have to cure this instinct to dehumanize, this inclination to draw conclusions from appearances. I’m guilty of falling into the trap. Everyone is. Few recognize it until they are the victim.

Think about the noose in the garage again. What do you see? What do you want to see?

By Jerry Brewer, Washington Post

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